About one in five young people have a language-based learning disability. The most common of these is dyslexia. Currently, 70 to 85 percent of children who are placed in special education for a learning disability have it. (Surprising, right?)
Get the facts. Check out these seven.
- Dyslexia affects nearly 10 percent of the population.
- Dyslexia is not a disease so there is no cure. It’s a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use/processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or number and quantities.
- Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but a localized weakness within the phonologic module of the brain (where sounds of language are put together to form words or break words down into sounds).
- Because the source of dyslexia lies in the brain, children cannot outgrow it. But they can learn to read well. And dyslexic adults can be successful in many different ventures.
- Dyslexia commonly runs in families.
- Dyslexics do not “see” words backwards. The “b-d” letter reversal for example is mainly caused by deficits in interpreting left and right.
- People with dyslexia have average or above average intelligence.
- Dyslexics have excellent thinking skills in areas of conceptualization, reason, imagination, and abstraction.
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